Showing posts with label Texas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Texas. Show all posts

Sunday, June 17, 2018

AT&T expands purchases of wind energy

AT&T announced a new agreement to purchase 300 megawatts (MW) of wind energy from a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources. The contract covers renewable energy from two new wind farm projects in Wilbarger and Hardeman Counties, Texas. AT&T has previously announced investments backing two wind energy centers in Webb and Duval Counties in Texas and Caddo County, Oklahoma. Together, these agreements will deliver 820 MW of wind power.

AT&T said these agreement constitute one of the largest corporate renewable energy purchases in the U.S.2

"We're going big on renewable energy. It's a clean, abundant, renewable source of home-grown power," said Joe Taylor, vice president of global tech optimization and implementation, AT&T. "As one of the world's largest companies, our investments can help scale this critical energy source for America's transition to a low-carbon economy."

AT&T also announced a scholarship program for students interested in pursuing careers as wind turbine technicians, one of the fastest-growing jobs in the U.S.

http://att.com/csr

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Stream Data Centers plans new Dallas campus

Stream Data Centers announced plans for new Dallas-area campus development in Garland, Texas on a 23 acre site.

The new facility will offer an expandable 140,000 square foot data center with redundant 40 MW utility feeds from an on-site substation provided by Oncor.

"Stream's DFW VII data center will follow a successful formula from our previous Dallas-area developments and benefit from the best practices and improvements we've made along the way," states Paul Moser, Co-Managing Partner of Stream Data Centers.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Texas 5G Alliance gets underway

A new organization called the Texas 5G Alliance has been organized with a mission to promote smart city infrastructure in Texas.

Founding members of the alliance include Crown Castle, Dell, T-Mobile, Google Fiber, Ericsson, Bypass Mobile, Carnegie Technologies, SmartAustin, VERTICOM, Tech Titans and the Austin Chamber of Commerce.

"We are on the cusp of groundbreaking technology that will change our everyday lives for the better," said Scott Dunaway, spokesperson for the Texas 5G Alliance. "Texas is setting the pace for innovative and life-changing technologies, such as autonomous vehicles, the internet of things, robotic deliveries, traffic flow solutions, and dedicated public safety and first responder networks, all of which will be dependent on small cell infrastructure that provides broad-scale 5G connectivity. We will aim to ensure Texas is a national and global leader in this pursuit."

http://www.texas5galliance.com

Thursday, August 31, 2017

FCC: More cell sites in Texas back online

Damaged cell sites in Texas are coming back online. As of August 30, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. EDT, there were 296 cell sites offline in the counties impacted by the Harvey disaster, an improvement from 329 a day earlier.

According to the FCC report, there are at least 270,139 cable and wireline subscribers (slightly up from at least 267,426 yesterday) out of service in the affected area. There are 36 (down from 42 yesterday) non-mobile switching centers out of service and 38 (up from 25 yesterday) switching centers on back-up power.

In addition, the FCC received a request from FEMA to extend the disaster data collection report to nine additional counties in Texas. Forthcoming reports will now cover  19 counties in Louisiana and 36 counties in Texas.

http://www.fcc.gov

Friday, June 2, 2017

City of Celina in Texas to require fibre in new developments

The city of Celina in Texas announced that, following a unanimous decision by the city council to approve the Easement Ordinance amendment at the recent May city council meeting, developers will be required to install optical fibre lines and conduits in all new developments within the boundaries of the city.

The city of Celina, located approximately 40 miles from Dallas, stated that, through the Celina Economic Development Corporation (EDC), it is designing and shortly plans to begin the construction of an 86-mile fibre backhaul network across the city. In addition, through developer and building ordinances and other public-private partnerships, Celina is aiming to build a fibre network to serve a further 64 sq miles across the city to connect all residential, business and municipal rooftops to this fibre backbone.

The city noted that the ordinance that has been passed states that: '…a fibre optic network in the city of Celina is a fundamental aspect of the infrastructure required to educate, create jobs, promote public safety, improve citizens' standards of living and deliver essential services'.

The planned open access network for Celina is intended to enable faster communication and Internet speeds for consumers and businesses and to establish the first Gigabit City in the state of Texas. Celina's Gigabit City is specifically committed to providing connectivity with a minimum speed of 1 Gbit/s symmertical to all residential and business premises across the city.

Describing the project, Scott Stawski, secretary and board member of the Celina EDC, said, "(The network) is approximately only 8% built out, but there is a clear line of sight to being 100% built out in 20 years… because the city is building the gigabit infrastructure now, it will become more attractive to potential new businesses and companies looking to establish in a community with the fastest connectivity in the state of Texas".


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Iron Mountain Signs with Amazon Wind Farm in Texas

Iron Mountain, which provides storage and information management services including colocation in secure data centers, signed a wind power purchase agreement that will leverage renewable energy sources to power as much as 30 percent of its North American electricity footprint. That capacity will be sufficient to power all of its Texas operations (more than 75 facilities) as well as additional states, providing long-term rate stability and with as much as $1.5 million annually in related cost avoidance.

Under the deal, Iron Mountain will purchase 10 percent of the energy produced at the Amazon Wind Farm Texas, a 253-megawatt (MW) 110+ turbine wind farm in Scurry County, Texas, developed by Lincoln Clean Energy, a developer, owner and operator of clean power projects with a particular focus on wind and solar power in the United States. When completed in 2017, Iron Mountain’s share of the wind farm could produce up to 100,000 megawatt hours (MWh) per year – the equivalent of nearly one-third its power consumption for North America.

“Power consumption is an expensive and resource-consuming part of our global operational footprint , and one of the areas we’ve targeted as an opportunity to transform our business,” said Ty Ondatje, senior vice president of Corporate Responsibility and chief diversity officer, Iron Mountain. “Renewable energy strategies, along with energy efficiency, are at the heart of our efforts to deliver both savings back to the company and look for opportunities to innovate. We’ve discovered that it’s also helping us to open meaningful dialogue and collaboration opportunity with our customers who are seeking to understand and mitigate their own environmental impact. We believe that renewable energy strategies can benefit our business, positioning Iron Mountain and our customers to meet the growing expectations for sustainable business practices.”

http://www.ironmountain.com

Amazon Plans 253 Megawatt Wind Farm in Texas

Amazon will commission a new 253-megawatt (MW) wind farm in Scurry County, Texas, that will generate 1,000,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of wind energy annually – enough energy to power almost 90,000 U.S. homes.

Amazon Wind Farm Texas, which is scheduled to open in late 2017, will include more than 100 turbines and be the company’s largest renewable energy project to date. Amazon previously announced wind and solar farms in Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia that deliver energy to the electrical grids supplying both current and future Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud data centers. The five projects together will generate more than 2.6 million MWh of renewable energy each year.

http://www.amazon.com/sustainability

Thursday, September 15, 2016

DE-CIX Opens Internet Exchange in Dallas

DE-CIX has inaugurated its newest carrier and data center-neutral Internet exchange in Dallas, Texas.

DE-CIX is located at Infomart, the main carrier hotel in Dallas, located at 1950 Stemmons Freeway. This location offers the highest density of data centers, carriers and ISPs.   DE- CIX will provide peering exchange services throughout this community and, ultimately, to an even larger community of networks and data centers beyond 1950 Stemmons.

“Being the first Internet exchange of its kind in the Dallas market, we anticipate strong demand from content networks, Internet service providers, regional ISPs and enterprise customers,” notes Ed d’Agostino, vice president, DE-CIX North America Inc. “Our initial research shows that there is tremendous need for a neutral Internet exchange that provides access at data centers throughout the area, thus providing a reliable, quality interconnection and peering point to a broader segment of the market.”

https://www.de-cix.net/





Tuesday, July 12, 2016

CyrusOne Builds Data Center Capacity Fast

CyrusOne announced the commissioning of a significant amount of power and a new data hall at its San Antonio II data center. The company added 9 megawatts of critical power in conjunction with the newly finished data hall. The San Antonio II data center is expected to encompass up to 372,000 square feet upon second-phase completion.

“The cloud market is experiencing a whirlwind of growth and demand, testing even the most agile cloud service providers and enterprises to meet highly aggressive time-to-market requirements,” said Gary Wojtaszek, president and CEO, CyrusOne. “To support these cloud and high-growth enterprise companies, CyrusOne has been relentless in setting record delivery times that enable customers to go hyperscale at hyperspeed to meet their business needs.”

Cyrus also noted the recent completion with its second data center building in Sterling, Va. The 232,000-square-foot Sterling II data center facility added 159,000 colocation square feet and 30 megawatts of critical power to the company’s Northern Virginia data center campus.

http://www.cyrusone.com

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Telia Carrier Brings its 100G Backbone to CyrusOne Data Centers

Telia Carrier is bringing its global IP network to CyrusOne, one of the largest carrier-neutral data center providers in the United States.

Telia Carrier's global IP network, AS1299, offers CyrusOne customers immediate 100G availability scalable to multi-terabit capacity, and includes the benefits of the wholesale carrier's Wavelength, IP, and Ethernet services. Telia Carrier owns and operates its global network.

"As one of the leading providers of colocation services for large enterprise customers, CyrusOne provides a unique opportunity for Telia Carrier to expand into previously untouched verticals," said Ivo Pascucci, regional director, Americas at Telia Carrier. "This is a mutually beneficial partnership and we look forward to continuing to grow our regional and global offerings together."

http://www.teliasonera.com

Monday, April 25, 2016

QTS Signs Big Cloud Customer for DFW Mega Data Center

QTS Realty Trust confirmed that one of the world's largest cloud provider companies has doubled its custom data center agreement to support its rapid growth.

The hyperscale cloud provider selected QTS in early 2016 to provide more than 20,000 square feet and four megawatts of power. The new agreement dramatically increases the company's usage to a total of 40,000 square feet and eight megawatts of power at the LEED Gold certified QTS Dallas-Fort Worth mega data center.

The QTS Dallas-Fort Worth data center is 700,000 square feet with the capacity to increase by 600,000 square feet for a total of 1.3 million square feet. The purpose-built facility is structurally reinforced and built with 90' subterranean concrete piers that isolate the building from movement.

http://www.qtsdatacenters.com/


  • QTS will open its newest mega data center in downtown Chicago in the former Chicago Sun-Times printing plant later this summer.


Friday, April 1, 2016

Zayo Acquires 2 More Data Centers in Texas

Zayo Group Holdings paid $18.9 million to acquire Clearview International, which operates two data centers Texas.  The first is located at 6606 LBJ Freeway in Dallas and the second is located at 700 Austin Avenue in Waco.  Together, the facilities total approximately 30,000 square feet of colocation space. The Clearview acquisition builds on the 66,000 square feet of Dallas data center capacity at 1100 Empire Central Place acquired by Zayo on December 31, 2015.

Zayo said it continues to experience strong demand resulting from the interplay between data center and fiber needs across its markets and particularly in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. This hybrid demand has been boosted by the kick-off of a 2,000+ route miles Dallas area fiber-to-the-tower (FTT) deployment, announced in May 2015. A recent example is a global SaaS provider securing colocation in Zayo’s Dallas Empire Central facility plus four diverse 10G wavelengths tethering to a Zayo presence in the primary Dallas carrier hotel.

Zayo now owns and operates seven data centers in Texas, and a total of 57 facilities in North America and Europe. Zayo’s dense fiber backbone in Dallas spans more than 3,500 miles, inclusive of the in-process FTT deployment. In addition, Zayo’s Phoenix-Dallas longhaul fiber build will provide additional connectivity between Dallas and Waco.

http://www.zayo.com

Monday, February 29, 2016

Krish Prabhu joins University of Texas (Arlington) Faculty

Krish Prabhu, president of AT&T Labs and chief technology officer, has been named to The University of Texas at Arlington's Engineering Hall of Achievement and appointed a research professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. He will remain in his current role at AT&T while serving as a resource for UTA as it bolsters its research and teaching in his areas of expertise.

Prabhu previous was chief executive officer of Tellabs. Before that, he served as chief operating officer of Alcatel in Paris from 1991 to 2001.

http://www.att.com

Monday, January 18, 2016

Ericsson to Acquire FYI Television for Content Metadata

Ericsson agreed to acquire FYI Television, which provides entertainment metadata and rich media content to broadcasters. Financial terms were not disclosed.

FYI Television, which is based in Grand Prairie, Texas, accumulates and distributes TV entertainment content and linear scheduling data from over 9,000 TV networks daily, aggregating the information into customized formats for various digital, media, content, analytics and print clients for use on their connected devices such as tablets, phones, desktops, internet portals and gaming consoles. FYI's databases contains more than 2.8 million cast and crew related entities, 1.5 million images directly relating to specific program titles, celebrities and stations, including logos, seasonal key art, movie posters and iconic stills.

FYI Television's employees will join Business Line Broadcast & Media Services, part of Ericsson's Business Unit Global Services, with the acquisition expected to close in Q1 2016.

"As the TV industry evolves and viewing behavior changes, we believe that high-quality, rich metadata will be a key component for a personalized TV experience. Combined with our capabilities in TV platforms and content discovery, we will be able to help our customers to improve the video experience and identify new revenue opportunities. FYI Television's expertise and customer base in the US is a great complementary fit for Ericsson and will be an integral part of our growth strategy. It will strengthen our position as one of the leading providers of media services in the world," stated Magnus Mandersson, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Unit Global Services at Ericsson.

Ericsson noted that it is already the largest provider of content discovery services in Europe, delivering metadata, images, search and recommendations on more than 3,000 TV channels in over 30 languages. Every year, Ericsson Broadcast and Media Services distributes more than 2.7 million hours of programming in more than 90 languages for more than 500 TV channels worldwide. In addition, we provide more than 200,000 hours of captioning each year - 80,000 hours of which is live.

http://www.ericsson.com
http://www.fyitelevision.com/


  • Ericsson recently established a US broadcast and media services hub based in Atlanta, Georgia. The company currently provides closed captioning services to broadcasters around the world from this hub, with plans to roll out video description services over the coming months.


Thursday, January 7, 2016

Zayo Buys Data Center in Dallas

Zayo has acquired Stream Data Centers’ 36,000 square foot Dallas facility located at 1100 Empire Central Place. The purchase strengthens Zayo’s Dallas data center footprint to 61,000 square feet across four locations.

Zayo noted that the Stream Data Center will provide access to its dense fiber backbone in Dallas, which spans more than 3,500 miles, inclusive of a large, previously announced fiber-to-the-tower (FTT) deployment.

“Zayo continues to experience very healthy demand for colocation and data center services in the Dallas region,” said Greg Friedman, executive vice president of Colocation and Cloud Infrastructure at Zayo. “We are able to offer customers benefits that go beyond traditional data center services and include access to our high-performance network and robust communications infrastructure.”

http://www.zayo.com

Monday, December 21, 2015

Oracle Acquires StackEngine for Container Management

Oracle has acquired StackEngine, a start-up specializing in container operations management.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

StackEngine, which is based in Austin, offers software to manage and automate Docker applications, giving organizations the power to compose, deploy, and automate resilient container-native applications. Its flagship product, Container Application Center, is an end-to-end container application management solution for developers, DevOps and IT operations teams that brings users through the entire container application lifecycle, from development to deployment.

All StackEngine employees will be joining Oracle as part of Oracle Public Cloud.

http://www.stackengine.com/
https://www.oracle.com/corporate/acquisitions/stackengine/index.html

Friday, December 11, 2015

Microsoft Looks to Build Huge Data Center in San Antonio

Microsoft has acquired 158 acres of land in San Antonio with plans to build one of the largest data centers in the country, according to a report from the San Antonio Business Journal.

Microsoft reportedly looks to break ground in the coming months on an eight-building data center campus of over 1 million square feet.  The company did not comment on the report.
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http://www.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/news/2015/12/10/exclusive-microsoft-buys-nearly-160-acres-in-far.html

Microsoft Azure Takes Big Steps Forward

At its AzureCon 2015 event, Microsoft rolled out a number of big improvements to its Azure cloud platform centered around containers, security, infrastructure and the Internet of Things (IoT). The company also announced the availability of Microsoft Azure services in India from three regional data centers:  Central India in Pune, South India in Chennai, and West India in Mumbai


"We live in a connected world, and the intelligent cloud is powering it all,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud + Enterprise Division. “As data and devices continue to proliferate, there is vast opportunity for businesses to tap into their data to make their applications more intelligent

Highlights include:

General availability of Azure File Storage, featuring support of SMB 3.0 and the ability to mount file shares from anywhere (Azure or on-premises).

  • More that 40% of revenue on Azure comes from start-ups
  • 80% of Fortune 500 are using the Microsoft cloud.
  • New Azure Container Service -- building on work with Docker and Mesosphere to create and manage scalable clusters of host machines onto which containerized applications can be deployed, orchestrated, and managed. Azure Container Service makes it easier to create and manage clusters of hosts pre-configured with Docker, Apache Mesos, Marathon and Docker Swarm. This work couples Azure's hyper-scale and enterprise-grade cloud with proven open source technologies to deliver the foundation for the container deployment, orchestration, and management service any team building container apps will need.
  • New N-series, a new family of Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) powered by NVIDIA GPUs. Microsoft is the first hyper-scale provider to announce VMs featuring NVIDIA Grid 2.0 technology and the industry-leading Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform for professional graphics applications, deep learning, high-performance computing and more. A preview will be available in a few months.
  • New Azure Mobile Engagement -- a new SaaS-delivered, data-driven user engagement platform that enables real-time fine-grain user segmentation, app user analytics, contextually-aware smart push notifications and in-app messaging across all connected devices.
  • New Linux for Azure Data Lake -- aiming to make big data technology simpler and more accessible. Azure Data Lake makes HDInsight, which is Microsoft's Apache Hadoop-based service. Customers logging into the Azure Portal will now have a choice to select either Windows or Linux when deploying HDInsight. 
  • New Azure IoT Suite -- brings together preconfigured offerings to enable companies to leverage Azure Stream Analytics for IoT. The latest Stream Analytics updates include support for IoT Hub input the ability to output stream analytics to Azure DocumentDB.
  • New Azure CDN using the Akamai network -- integrating Akamai’s  CDN capabilities directly into the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. 
  • New Shared Access Signatures, delivering full parity with storage account keys and providing a more secure alternative to delegating access to storage users than storage account keys provide.
  • New Azure Storage client library for iOS.
  • The Azure Storage client library for Java will soon support client-side encryption complementing the existing capability in the Azure Storage client library for .Net.
  • New Azure support for the Financial Services Industry, including a detailed set of Payment Card Industry (PCI) and Data Security Standard (DSS) guidance describing Azure and customer shared responsibilities.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

CyrusOne Expands Mega Data Center in Carrollton, Texas

CyrusOne completed a new hall that adds nearly 60,000 square feet of colocation space and 4.5 megawatts of electrical capacity to its mega data center in Carrollton, Texas.

The Carrollton data center is the largest such facility in Texas at 670,000 square feet. The Carrollton data center , which is also one of the most energy-efficient, multi-tenant data centers in the United States, houses the infrastructure and 911-dispatch center for Carrollton, Coppell, Farmers Branch, and Addison, Texas. The communities have consolidated 911-dispatch services to form the North Texas Emergency Communications Center.

“Our customer base in this key market continues to grow rapidly,” said John Hatem, senior vice president, design and construction, CyrusOne. “Adding more space and power capabilities to our Carrollton facility ensures that we can continue to scale effectively and provide mission-critical infrastructure capabilities to meet our growing customer demand.”

http://www.cyrusone.com/press-releases/2015/pr_07202015/


HP to Power its Texas Data Centers with Wind Energy

HP has signed a 12-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for 112 megawatts (MW) of wind power with SunEdison.  The locally generated wind electricity is sufficient to power 100 percent of HP’s Texas-based data center operations, which span approximately 1.5 million square feet and support HP’s entire internal global information technology (IT) requirements as well as some customer accounts. HP currently operates five data centers in Texas, located in Houston, Hockley, Plano, and two in Austin.

HP said the deal enables it to reach its 2020 operational greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goal by the end of FY15, five years ahead of schedule. That goal originally aimed to reduce total GHG emissions from its operations (Scope 1 and Scope 2) by 20 percent of 2010 levels by 2020. The deal has also enabled SunEdison to begin construction on the South Plains II wind farm in Texas, which when completed will generate 300 MW of power.

“This agreement represents the latest step we are taking on HP’s journey to reduce our carbon footprint across our entire value chain, while creating a stronger, more resilient company and a sustainable world,” said Gabi Zedlmayer, vice president and chief progress officer, Corporate Affairs, HP. “It’s an important milestone in driving HP Living Progress as we work to create a better future for everyone through our actions and innovations.”

http://www.hp.com/go/livingprogress

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Facebook's Latest Open Compute Project Data Center

Facebook has kicked off construction of its fifth mega data center in Fort Worth, Texas. The new site will join the other major Facebook data centers located in Prineville (Oregon), Forest City (North Carolina), Lulea (Sweden), and Altoona (Iowa).

The new Fort Worth data center will feature the latest Open Compute Project hardware designs — including Yosemite, Wedge, and 6-pack — making it one of the most advanced data centers in the world.

Notably, the data center will powered by 100% renewable energy, thanks a 200 MW contract for new wind energy that Facebook has arranged with Citigroup Energy, Alterra Power Corporation, and Starwood Energy Group.

The new data center will be cooled using outdoor air instead of energy-intensive air conditioners, even during the hot summers in Texas.

Capital investment is projected to exceed $500 million within 5 years, including building construction costs and data center equipment.

https://www.facebook.com/FortWorthDataCenter


In February, Facebook unveiled its "6-Pack" open modular switch platform designed for the flexibility, efficiency, and scale required in its massive data centers. The architecture allows Facebook to build different size switches using common line card and fabric card building blocks.

Last year, Facebook disclosed the specification of its top-of-rack network switch (code-named “Wedge”) and a Linux-based operating system for that switch (code-named “FBOSS”). It then described the modular network architecture it will use for scaling operations. The new 6-pack switch will serve as the core of this fabric.

In an engineering blog posting, Facebook said the 6-pack switch uses Wedge as its basic building block: it is a full mesh non-blocking two-stage switch that includes 12 independent switching elements. Each independent element can switch 1.28Tbps.

Facebook is currently building two configurations: One configuration exposes 16x40GE ports to the front and 640G (16x40GE) to the back, and the other is used for aggregation and exposes all 1.28T to the back. Each element runs its own operating system on the local server and is completely independent, from the switching aspects to the low-level board control and cooling system. Facebook said the advantage of this unique dual backplane design is the ability to modify any part of the system with no system-level impact, software or hardware.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

CyrusOne Buys New Data Center in Austin

CyrusOne will purchase an additional powered shell in Austin’s Met Center, creating what is expected to be its largest facility in Austin at 172,000 total square feet of shell and offering 120,000 colocation square feet (CSF), with up to 12 megawatts of power, and over 25,000 square feet of class A office space at full build.

CyrusOne’s new Austin III data center will use the company's "Massively Modular" design engineering approach to optimize materials sourcing and enable delivery of industry-leading energy optimization and just-in-time data hall inventory to meet customer demand. The first phase of construction includes up to 60,000 square feet of CSF and 6 megawatts of critical load.

“Based on current and projected customer demand, it was essential to expand in this market. We’ve been extremely successful and have seen a tremendous amount of growth in Austin,” said John Hatem, senior vice president, data center design and construction, CyrusOne. “Once this facility is complete, enterprise-level companies will be able to utilize our Massively Modular design capabilities to scale rapidly and efficiently while taking advantage of CyrusOne’s exceptional uptime delivered by redundant power, cooling, and connectivity infrastructure.”

http://www.cyrusone.com/



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